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Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Charlotte

In Center City, the Annual St. Patrickâs Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival will hit the streets, bringing bagpipes, floats, dancers, bands, special guests and vendors luring passersby with Irish-themed food and fun.
In Center City, the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival will hit the streets, bringing bagpipes, floats, dancers, bands, special guests and vendors luring passersby with Irish-themed food and fun.

Charlotte’s got a lot of ways to celebrate the luck of the Irish. Be sure to perfect your Irish jig and throw on your finest green attire before exploring the many Irish charms the Queen City has to offer. Here are just a few ways to discover the gold at the end of Charlotte’s rainbow.

Festivals, Parades and Playdates
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day both on land and in the water. Experience the Green River Revival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center. Join in on the Color Me Green 5K, where runners will tiptoe around green dye-doused trails, and then stick around to watch the river turns shades of shamrocks to the tune of live music. Meanwhile, in Center City, the 20th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival will hit the streets, bringing bagpipes, floats, dancers, bands, special guests and vendors luring passersby with Irish-themed food and fun. For a true Celtic experience, revelers can enjoy live Irish music, Scottish/Irish dance performances and Celtic reenactors (from Medieval times all the way to WWII) at the Historic Latta Plantation in Huntersville, where the annual Latta Celtic Festival is held. Venture out of the city to Rock Hill for the annual St. Patrick’s Day on Main event, which welcomes all for a free street festival that includes live Irish music and dancers, a large kid’s zone, snacks and sips, and more than 25 Irish vendors. For family fun, head to Reedy Creek Nature Center for the Leaping Leprechauns scavenger hunt, which takes kids through the Center’s trails in search of animals and leprechauns. Or visit the Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia for the Leprechaun Trek, where kids can follow rainbows, search for lucky charms and navigate a maze of obstacles to find the pot of gold.

Frosty Brews & Irish Fare
Famous Irish bites and frosty brews can be found all over Charlotte. Enjoy some lucky libations with thousands of your friends on Rich & Bennett’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Pub Crawl, which has been dubbed the world’s largest. End the day drinking green beer at the EpiCentre Green Party, which runs in conjunction with Rich & Bennett’s Pub Crawl. Or make your rounds Uptown, where Irish pubs abound. Sip cool brews at Dandelion Market or Connolly’s on Fifth and tantalize your taste buds with traditional Irish fare, like the Banger Bites at RìRá Irish Pub or the shepherd’s pie at Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub. Plus, check out the St. Patrick’s Day drink specials at other neighborhood favorites, like Kennedy’s Premium Bar & Grill in Elizabeth, Selwyn Avenue Pub in Myers Park or P.J. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub in Ballantyne. Should you choose to journey slightly out of the Queen City’s limits, primp your pups in their best St. Patrick’s Day attire and join them on the dog-friendly patio at Flannigan’s Irish Pub & Grill. Or join your non-furry friends for music and spirits at The Kilted Buffalo or Galway Hooker Restaurant & Irish Pub.  And don’t worry; the taps won’t stop flowing after St. Patrick’s Day is over. Be sure to grab a pint of local brew during Charlotte Craft Beer Week March 11 to 20.                                                  

Celtic Jigs, Music and More
March brings a full lineup of shows filled with jigs, fiddles and many shades of green. Find your Irish roots as you rock out to Boston-Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, who will join musical forces with Tiger Army and Darkbuster at The Fillmore Charlotte. Also headlining at The Fillmore, check out the Celtic punk rockers of Flogging Molly. Meanwhile, CeeLo Green will represent the shamrock color in name when he wows crowds at Amos’ Southend. Kids will enjoy Charlotte Ballet’s interpretation of life at sea when Ariel, her famous green mermaid tail and friends hit the stage in “The Little Mermaid” at Knight Theater. The artistic expression continues at the annual Walsh Kelley School Feis, where students from all over the East Coast compete in three traditional Irish dance competitions at Saint Ann Catholic School.

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